Join us in Berlin for the IoT-EPI Challenge: Solving social problems using IoT

We are excited to announce the participation of AGILE at the upcoming IoT-EPI challenge event in Berlin this March. The event is open to IoT enthusiasts and entrepreneurs with creative minds who believe that technology and innovation can be applied for social good. Three main challenges are looking for the right candidates to combine the available IoT technologies (from IoT-EPI projects like AGILE) to develop successful use cases.

AGILE is part of the Retail: Scan-to-share challenge. We are working together with TagItSmart and BigIoT projects to provide retail shoppers the ability to identify which supermarket foods are about to expire before purchasing them. The objective is to provide it to individuals in need. Join us in Berlin to discuss how we can use the technology and develop such an interesting platform and user ecosystem that can be self-sustained and scalable.

If you are interested to join (participation is free), learn more on how you can use the AGILE gateway and IoT technologies for making social impact, and qualify for prizes, apply here until the February 8

Event Date: March 17, 2017
Event Place: Ahoy, Berlin, Germany
More info: website and Twitter @agile_iot

The AGILE Maker’s shield: Onboard sensors, expansion sockets and main features

The AGILE Gateway is intended to be a platform the community can take part on. From that intention comes the necessity of a quick development hardware where makers can test their ideas and contribute to the project.

The AGILE Maker’s shield integrates with the Raspberry Pi, following the Raspberry Pi HATs specification, and allows the AGILE software to run on it, making it a cheap and portable development hardware where testing sensors and communication modules is as easy as plug or unplug them, leaving the makers plenty of time to fulfill their creativity instead of worrying about specifications and configurations.Continue reading

Wildlife protection with Camynoo

We are excited to announce our partnership with Camynoo. Camynoo built a tracking solution for pet and wildlife protection, utilizing low power sensors and long-range connectivity networks. Camynoo is interested by the AGILE Pilot  “Open Field & Cattle monitoring using UAVs” and decided to partnership-up with us.

Camynoo will be one of the first  external early-adopters using the free and open source components that the AGILE project is developing for data collection, storage and application management on the gateway.

 

Adaptation: Deadline extension & New prizes!

 

Dear AGILE community,

We are proud to announce two big important pieces of news regarding Adaptation, AGILE’s media art contest & event:

  • New prizes: We will now be able to give 3000€ per category. The artists who get selected per each of the four categories will receive 3000€ in cash as a prize
  • Deadline extension: Due to the improved conditions of the rewards, we have decided to extend the deadline to the 31st of December so new artists can send their proposals and so those who already sent theirs can update them given the new conditions.

Are you still wondering what Adaptation is? Check it out in our introductory blog post.

Remember that in order to send your proposal you will need to send it to iot.is.art@agile-iot.eu before the 31st of December, and it should include how you will be making use of the AGILE gateway as an intermediary point between the sensors and the audiovisual representation of the data. More information about the guidelines here: http://agile-iot.eu/adaptation/guidelines.html.

Microservices for Internet of Things Edge Devices

Microservices and virtualization have recently revolutionized the world of software development bringing agility and innovation in this domain. Microservices promote the use of fine grained and independent services that are implemented as autonomous entities interacting each other through well known APIs: independent software modules ease the maintenance process and reliability, making it easier to identify which components fail, restart failed services or correct the identified problems. Virtualization helps instead to decouple hardware resources from software: software can run on multiple hardware architectures and can be easily moved and shifted from one server to another. With the advent of containerization technologies (such as Docker for example) microservices can be realized as “containers” that result to be extremely fast to start up and can be easily deployed (using a common packaging mechanism) and can be easily released and shared via common repositories (like the Docker Hub).

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Using the IoTivity Protocol on an AGILE Gateway

Nowadays, Open Source is becoming more and more popular, even in the corporate world. Many companies are merging into consortium in order to define common specifications and standards for their products. One of the main consortium is the Open Connectivity Foundation and it is currently defining OCF specifications for the emerging needs of the Internet of Things (IoT). Company members of the consortium include Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, Mediatek, and others. From these specifications, an open source framework, called IoTivity is being developed.

Sponsored by the OCF and hosted by the Linux Foundation, IoTivity’s goal is to create a new commercial standard that creates a robust and extensible architecture for smart and thin devices. It enables device-to-device and device-to-internet communications by supporting different protocol stacks like BLE, NFC, BlueTooth, IPv4/IPv6.

In particular for constrained devices, there is a stripped down version called IoTivity-Constrained that runs on Realtime Operating Systems like RIOT-OS, Contiki, Zephyr, and Linux. RIOT is now an official operating system supporting IoTivity.

In order to make developers life easy while developing smart objects that are able to talk IoTivity, a special RIOT-OS package has been developed. It allows the creation of IoTivity-based applications that are interoperable with commercial solutions.

The AGILE Gateway also supports IoTivity devices. We have developed a simple step-by-step tutorial in order to demonstrate the communication between an AGILE makers gateway (Raspberry Pi device) and a 802.14.5 node.

Collaboration with rapidmix

We are excited to announce our collaboration with the rapidmix H2020 project in the context of our Adaptation competition and beyond. rapidmix is providing an open source, cross-platform framework that allows the use of advanced machine learning algorithms in a simplified way for transforming masses of sensor data into expressive sound and gestures that can be used for gaming, music and arts.

We will be integrating the rapidmix software as a Docker container inside AGILE providing all aforementioned features to AGILE users and especially to the artists participating in the Adaptation contest. AGILE will also provide support for connecting IoT devices with sensing capabilities to the rapidmix toolkit. Rapidmix and AGILE users will be able to benefit from both technologies by collecting data from wireless sensors and generating multiple actuations developing this way complex interactions with objects in an easy way. Learn more about rapidmix project and the software features here. Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter (@agile_iot) for more updates on our collaboration.

Adaptation Contest & Event Update

Back in July 2016 we announced the opening of the Adaptation contest & event. Time is running fast and the applications period closes at the end of November. If you still haven’t heard about it you are still on time to jump on board. Find the basic information in our previous post.

In this post we’d like to share with new information regarding the contest:

The Adaptation Jury Board

We have brought together a Jury Board with a varied set of skills that will bring a complete analysis of the proposals in terms of their creativity and technical feasibility:

Read more about them here.

 

Next Q&A Session

Do you have any questions you’d like to ask? We are inviting everyone to join us to the next Q&A Session via Hangout on November 11 at 6pm CET, where the AGILE project coordinator and the Adaptation organization team will be there to answer. Don’t be shy and join us! you never know what you will learn or who you will meet during the call.
Sign-up here to receive a reminder a few days before. The link to the call is: tinyurl.com/adaptation23

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New Collaboration: AGILE project, CREATE-NET, and AA School of Architecture

aa-partnershipThe AGILE project and its partner CREATE-NET are collaborating with the AA School of Architecture. They will be using Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that will enable interaction design students and architects to develop complex artwork that visualises the interactivity between context, virtual, and visual spaces and Internet data.

In the context of the AA Visiting School in Greece, participants will have the opportunity to develop their basic skills on controlling models parametrically and on producing interactive presentations.

These sessions also embody manufacturing techniques enabling a hands‐on experience on the realization of an architectural design. In addition, a set of lectures and special events are carried out to enable the participants advance their understanding in matters of new design anatomies and begin developing a theoretical background on topics including mechanic control, computational space, and complexity in systems, and innovative urban design approaches.

CREATE-NET has developed an interactivity model that will be used between visitors in order to generate visual effects and artwork actuations, based software from the AGILE IoT gateway.

More information: http://greece.aaschool.ac.uk/

AGILE, symbIoTe and IoT-EPI at EclipseCon Europe 2016

SymbIoTe and AGILE will be part of a broad range of IoT initiatives presented at EclipseCon Europe 2016, October 25-27, in Ludwigsburg. EclipseCon Europe is the annual central European conference for Eclipse technologies. This year, SymbloTe and AGILE, both part of the IoT European Platforms Initiative, have been invited to demo their technology at the IoT Playground to be held on Wednesday, October 26th.

The goal of symbIoTe is to create an interoperable IoT ecosystem. It allows IoT platforms to open authorized access to their devices, while app developers can create innovative cross-platform applications without the need to operate and maintain the end-to-end IoT infrastructure.

The demo will showcase the first open-source symbIoTe release to monitor air quality by means of in-situ stations and wearable sensors. These sensors are managed by different platforms which expose the same open API to app developers. symbIoTe is able to search for sensors across different platforms, and helps integrate them into an IoT application. Participants onsite in Ludwigsburg will see how simple it is to build a web application displaying air quality data measured by wearable sensors and by in-situ stations operated on different platforms.

The AGILE IoT Gateway project is building a modular open-source hardware and software gateway for controlling a variety of IoT devices. It will provide a set of RESTful APIs and user interfaces for interacting with IoT Devices. Visitors to the IoT Playground demo will be invited to play with BLE sensors (like a TI Sensortag or a heartbeat sensor) and make them interact with ZigBee devices (such as connected lamps). They will learn how the application logic can be defined programmatically on the gateway using the project’s API and their favorite programming language. AGILE IoT will also show their graphical workflow interface based on Node-RED.